Opening your eyes to your self

I have owned blogs for a long time now – I think since 2005. I post quite regularly and receive feedback too.

… you’re doing some piece of work and suddenly you get feedback that tells you that you have touched something that is very alive in the cosmos. ~ Leonard Nimoy

Feedback comes from friends and strangers alike.

  • Friends either talk to me face-to-face or over the phone about my posts.  They also send mail.
  • Strangers comment on my blog posts.
  • Ever since twitter started, I get direct messages.
  • I also get ‘likes’ on my Facebook account.

Generally feedback is positive. Sometimes it is anonymous – spam or hurtful comments.

Positive feedback:

Usually a smiley, a kiss, a ‘like’ or a kind word. It can also be criticism – after carefully reading my post and thinking over it, people write valid, high-quality comments. Sometimes, it forces me to see a new angle that I have never thought of before. I do not classify it as negative because it helps me grow as a writer.

Anonymous comments:

  • Hurtful and personal comments. It is obviously anonymous. I take it with a handful of salt.
  • Out-of-context feedback from spam addresses.
  • Comments posted on my blog, using my own email address or that of my friends.

Spam comments are often out-of-context. Some are ridiculous. They mostly have the same agenda – promoting or marketing a site or a service. I feel they are harmless. I just need to delete them, with barely a glance.

The other two types of anonymous feedback sometimes remain with you. They hurt you because they are personal.

What is the shortest word in the English language that contains the letters: abcdef? Answer: feedback. Don’t forget that feedback is one of the essential elements of good communication. ~ Anonymous

Irritating comments:

I call them so because they are in sms language or they are just devoid of vowels. For example.

“143” or “Y r wndrfl rter”

They mean ‘I love you’ and ‘You are a wonderful writer’. Although they are compliments, they irritate me because I like proper sentences much better.

Feedback is always welcome, whether it is positive or negative. It encourages me, helps me to improve and to correct myself.

I cannot do much about spammers except install plug-ins, such as Akismet. However, I would like to request the others to make your comments a little more understandable.

Of course, to the ones who write scathing remarks, all I can say is that it does not really make much difference to me.

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